Turns out we picked the most beautiful place in the world to call home. Early in the morning it is these sites that get me.
Mid day, I can hardly bare to look, because what I see feels like make-believe.
And by the afternoon, those beautiful fields are giving us the most amazing foods to dine on. (The ice cream in the making, is honey thyme and I have to thank my dad for that one! He sent a weary pregnant woman an ice cream maker… Isn’t he a stellar man??)
Yesterday I processed about 10 cups of blueberries into blueberry butter. It was simple and lovely and it tastes like blueberry pie in a jar. You take the 10 cups of berries, mash them thoroughly, either with a ladle as I did, or in the food processor, probably more efficient…. Cook them on low for 3 hours or so, as low as your stove can go, stirring occasionally. Add in two cups of sugar, a big dash of cinnamon, a fine grating of nutmeg, and the zest and juice of a lemon. Continue to cook for one more hour, stirring every ten minutes or so. Jar em up as you would jar anything. Share with your neighbors, the gifts will come back ten fold, spread on some home-made toast with mascarpone, or my personal favorite, wait until a snowy day in february and take a big spoonful of summer.